11 Thoughtful Self-Care Gifts That'll Encourage Your Recipient (Or You!) to Relax

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With all the turmoil in the world, it’s more important now than ever to take a moment to check in with loved ones. Whether work has been extra stressful, the news has had them on edge, or they could just use a break from the monotony of being stuck indoors, everyone deserves to indulge in some me-time to recalibrate, refocus, and, quite frankly, just relax.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best self-care gifts to help you and your loved ones take a restorative break. From a selection of revitalizing body products and tools that'll improve your mental wellbeing to all-out splurges designed to simply make them feel good, we've got options.

Here, the best self-care gifts for everyone on your list—you included.

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

Everyone deserves to feel the joy of being swaddled in a plush bathrobe after a hot shower or a long soak in the tub. And it doesn’t get better than Parachute’s Classic Bathrobe, which, as its name suggests, is a quintessential terry cloth robe with a shawl collar, two big pockets, and a tie waist.

Made from 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton, the robe is incredibly plush and super absorbent—it is on the heavier side of the spectrum, which makes it all the more cozy—and it comes in white, blue-gray, blush, and a medium gray. It might be a little pricey, but it’s absolutely worth the spend.

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer

These days, a mini fridge isn’t just the bulky black box stuffed between two XL-twin beds in a dorm room. It actually has some pretty smart applications for grown-ups. In the realm of self-care, you can use a mini-fridge for skincare products—the cooler temps not only extend the longevity of many products, but also allow you to enjoy cooling sensations as you apply different creams, serums, or gels.

Cooluli’s 4-liter model is the perfect size for bathrooms, with just enough space to hold all the products used in your skincare regimen. We also love the cute colors and patterns it comes in, from blue and pink to black cow-print-like splotches.

natureofthings Fortifying Magnesium Soak

This all-natural soak includes ecologically harvested magnesium chloride for muscle relaxation and rejuvenation, papaya enzymes to reduce inflammation, passionflower to relieve insomnia, and French green clay for detoxification. Oh, and did we mention that it has 60 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD, too?

It’s a must-buy for anyone looking to prep their body for a restorative night’s sleep. Simply let the soak dissolve in warm water and luxuriate in its therapeutic properties for 20 minutes before you get into bed.

Lunya Washable Silk Pajama Set

Yes, Lunya’s pajamas are a splurge, but they’re oh so worth it—especially in the name of self-care. The classic Silk Pajama Set is the company’s best-selling product, comprising a ventilated tank top and side-slit shorts that are delightfully airy and comfortable. The real secret here is not in the design, however: it’s in the material.

Lunya’s perfected a thermoregulating machine-washable silk that it uses in many of its pajamas, which come in all sorts of styles that you can mix and match. So if the OG tank top and shorts aren’t for you, don’t fret. You can also get a t-shirt, a button-down, pants, and several other types of tank tops.

Intelligent Change Inc. The Five Minute Journal

We’ve all started journals or diaries with the best intentions, but we’ve inevitably let them collect dust after only writing a few entries. But rather than simply recount our day in a straightforward play-by-play manner, it helps to be focused on a specific goal—and that’s precisely where gratitude journals come in.

A gratitude journal helps users reorient their thinking in order to take a more positive look at their life, and for newbies and experts alike, a guided prompt such as the Five Minute Journal really helps them to focus on the task. It takes—wait for it—just five minutes to fill out its five standard sections each day, three of which should be completed in the morning, and two in the evening. Keep up the routine and you should notice a change in your levels of positivity.

Kintsugi Candle Co. Mini Candle Sampler Set

Kintsugi, or the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, has long been heralded as a metaphor for embracing imperfection. In the case of Kintsugi Candle Co.'s founder Allison Jones, that imperfection was cancer. After aromatherapy became a major component in her recovery process, Jones formed her own company to share her fragrance-inspired path to positivity, acceptance, and healing.

The Mini Candle Sampler Set includes four 2-ounce soy-wax candles, in each of Kintsugi Candle Co.’s fragrances: Grow (fresh fig), Blossom, (lavender and coconut), Heroine (a lavender, clove, and sandalwood scent), and Invisible (black currant, fig, and lily).

Woolzies Thankful Collection Set of 4 Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil

Okay, so say gratitude journaling isn’t your thing. You can also contemplate gratitude via other means, like inhaling the soothing scents from Sustainable Home Goods’ Thankful Essential Oil Collection. It has four different oil blends, each designed to promote gratitude-based positivity and reduce negative emotions: Cheers (tangerine, lavender, and sandalwood), Bless (orange, mandarin, and patchouli), Joy (bergamot, ylang-ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander seed, jasmine, palmarosa, and rose), and Gratitude (orange, ginger, clove, and bergamot).

Dab the oils on your wrist or your temple as you meditate on gratitude, or simply diffuse them in a room and let aromatherapy guide the way.

Earth Elements Coffee Body Scrub

Give your giftee a reason to schedule some morning self-care time with Earth Elements’ Coffee Body Scrub, which delivers a two-punch dose of antioxidants and caffeine which firm, tighten, and encourage the production of collagen. Of course, the scrub is also great for exfoliating; the natural formula it'll help buff skin into a lovely glow.

The scrub also contains a range of oils, vitamin E, and shea butter for moisturizing. Beyond offering beauty and wellness benefits, this scrub is produced by a woman-owned small business that creates small-batch, high-quality products designed to inspire customers to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Bellocq Ultimate Year of Tea

While there’s nothing wrong with a cup of generic store brand tea, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. In our book, that means going all out with a luxury tea purveyor like Bellocq, a boutique atelier based in Brooklyn.

All of the company's teas are single-origin, full-leaf, and from classic tea estates. Bellocq has extremely strict quality standards, too, and great care is taken to ensure each of its selections is the best of the best. You can buy single varieties, but if tea is really your thing, you might want to try a year-long subscription, in which you receive a new flavor—including No. 38 Majorelle Mint, No. 47 The Queen's Guard, and No. 52 Etoile de l'Inde—each month.

Macklin Bath & Home Bamboo Tray and Bath Pillow Combo

Nothing says “self-care” quite like a bath. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your home (sorry, tiny apartment dwellers!), trick it out with this bamboo tray and bath pillow combo for some seriously spectacular soaks.

The tray, which is made of out of sustainable bamboo, is ideal for those who love organization, as each and every item you might need during your bath has a place: there's a removable console for your phone, a removable soap dish, a book holder, and a drink holder (which we’d use for a wine glass—though a mug of tea would work just fine here, too). And the lightweight polyurethane pillow will perfectly support your neck as you indulge in the goodies on the tray.

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

GlamGlow’s SUPERMUD Instant Clearing Mask is a cult favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Though it has a bit of an eyebrow-raising price tag, the mask produces results immediately, which is why it’s so popular.

The mask is specifically designed for oily, acne-prone skin, helping to correct imperfections with its blend of activated charcoal, six acids, and K-17 clay. The grime that accumulates on your face is lifted out of your pores as dead skin cells are sloughed off to reveal the soft, fresh skin underneath, and most users report dramatic differences in just a single use. We’re also fans of this product’s minty eucalyptus scent!

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